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June 6th, 2007

06/08/07: SUPPORT CONGESTION PRICING & TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS!

by You the Reader

We have a once in a lifetime chance to win cleaner air, traffic relief and a dedicated source of funding for much needed mass transit improvements and expansions in New York City, and we need your help.

When: Friday, June 8th
Rally: 8:30 am
Hearing on PlaNYC: 10 am

Where: Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Auditorium
42 West 44th Street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY

On Friday the New York State Assembly will have a public hearing, here in New York City, on the transportation portion of the Mayor’s PlaNYC: A Greater, Greener New York. The state legislature has to vote to approve significant portions of the transportation portion of the plan. If this hearing goes well and our elected officials see the broad public support for the Mayor’s plan, then we are well on our way to cleaner air, better transit and safer streets.

Support¬† what we need — station renovation, subway repair, 10 new rapid transit bus routes, traffic improvements on congested corridors, dedicated bus lanes on East River bridges, new ferry service, the 2nd Avenue subway, a subway connecting LIRR to Grand Central, better intra-city commuter rail service, and the congestion pricing pilot program. Several committees will participate in this hearing: Ways & Means, Transportation, Cities, and Environmental Conservation. Written testimony will be accepted from the public.

While the Mayor’s plan for congestion pricing may seem like a common sense solution, many Assemblymembers are still skeptical. And a small but vocal opposition threatens to dominate the crowd in the hearing room on Friday. Don’t let them!

We need as many people as possible at the rally and at the hearing on Friday.

Wear green to indicate your support for a greener Big Apple. Please RSVP if you can attend: http://trafficrelief.org/rsvp.html

Together we can show our strength and give our legislators the courage they need to make the right decision.

Congestion Pricing 101: http://www.transalt.org/campaigns/sensible/congestion.html

The Campaign for New York’s Future, a coalition of civic, business, environmental, labor, community and public health organizations that support the goals and strategic direction of PlaNYC. Our goal is to make every neighborhood in NYC a great place to live and work, as well as make a significant contribution to fighting climate change. The coalition aims to encourage public debate — as well as fair and effective action — now and in the years to come.¬† We recognize the need to both seize the opportunity for immediate action and to insure that this long-term plan evolves with continued dialogue and changing conditions. www.campaignfornewyork.org

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